The Shape of Water (2017)

5a56819617896September 2017   Ι   2h 3min   Ι   Guillermo del Toro

Elisa is mute and she has always been in the shadow. When a top secret facility she works at one day brings in a strange creature, Elisa starts doing things she never thought she would. You can say it was love at the first sight.

Fun fact, I actually saw Guillermo del Toro live and he always called himself a muffin. He was really funny though and definitely a special lad. I could really see that this crazy movie came out from his brain. It is a rather interesting and unique movie though, and I could say the same for Guillermo del Toro.

The Shape of Water has its charm with beautiful visuals, fantastic shots and a unique story. The fact that Elisa is mute is so rare to see and that is something that really made her special. I can only imagine how hard it must be to present a character in a certain way when that character can not really speak but the way Guillermo del Toro made this shy but strong character was so interesting to me. I found it quite interesting to see the difference between Richard Strickland and Elisa as well. Notice how small she becomes whenever she is around him. We can clearly see it by how she is pushed to the edge of the frame while he is standing tall in the center of the frame, taking up the space.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Zelda and Elisa too. The fact that they are the complete opposite but they still have one thing in common, they are the underdogs in that world. Speaking of world, the environment and the old style was absolutely stunning. I loved it so much and the way everything was designed was just amazing. Great job Paul D. Austerberry!

The movie is overall unique but it’s almost a bit too odd for me regarding the Amphibian Man and Elisa, and also the ending. It’s not really something I enjoy watching very much, even if I really liked their relationship. Guillermo del Toro’s crazy mind is just not my cup of tea. The only movie that’s been a hit for me is Pacific Rim. Glad he won best picture and director though.

My rating: 6.6/10



Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

maxresdefaultMarch 2018   Ι   1h 51min   Ι   Steven S. DeKnight

Jake Pentecost is the son of the famous Mr. Pentecost who saved the world and died in the battle. When he gets into trouble, Jake is sent back to lead Jaeger pilots in case the aliens comes back but he and the troops are unexpectedly facing the creatures they once thought they defeated. This is Jake’s moment to show himself what a hero he can be.

I might have made a bad mistake of watching this movie and not having seen the first Pacific Rim in quite a while, well a couple of years. So I did have my question mark moments. Well what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (however that works in this context). Nevertheless, Pacific Rim: Uprising did not let me down. I might have to start with saying that I loved the first Pacific Rim movie and I love these robot fighting movies where the humans are the ones fighting in the robots, that’s my style.

The story was maybe not top-notch, it had some predictable moments and it was a little bit dull but other than that I have to say that the characters really impressed me, the visual effects were awesome and the overall movie was intriguing. Jake Pentecost was such a funny and interesting character to follow and I really enjoyed watching him. Seeing him with Nate (who I do not remember, have we ever seen him before or am I just behind in life?) was quite funny. Liked the girl Amara Namani too.

Overall an enjoyable movie and it was my cup of tea. I can imagine other people liking different stuff but I found this movie to be very entertaining and interesting. I’ve also been waiting for so long for a sequence to the first Pacific Rim movie so I’m very happy.

My rating: 7/10


Ready Player One (2018)

ready-player-one-new-poster-1March 2018   Ι   2h 20min   Ι   Steven Spielberg

When the real world isn’t enough, one human being created the OASIS. A virtual reality world where people can be any character they want. When the master mind of the world dies, he leaves a mission to find three keys and the person who wins will inherit the OASIS and all the money that comes with it, and the young man Wade decides to do whatever it takes to win.

I was so excited for this movie because it looked so freaking cool and I can’t really say that I am disappointed, maybe just a tad. It’s a really cool movie and the graphics and visual effects are stunning. However, it was too much animation compared to the real world. I thought we would see the main character Wade more in his real life, not virtual life. It was really cool to see his character in the OASIS (the virtual reality world) and I do understand that his character there might be more important or can do much more than Wade himself can do. I just believe the movie would have been better if he got to see some personal things or see something from his childhood that connects us more to him.

Other than that, I just have to say that the movie was really interesting. The mission to find the 3 keys was intriguing and I loved following the journey to finding the clues and figuring out the next step. Could the movie have been shorter? Well, probably. Did I still enjoy it? Most definitely. The main characters were really interesting and charismatic as well and I really liked them all. The villain was a bit dull but I’ll buy it, he did an okay job.

Overall I have to say that the movie was really cool and unique and I enjoyed watching it. Not the biggest fan of gaming or gaming movies but this one was definitely one of the better ones I’ve seen. It was however too long for me and that’s probably a reason why I wouldn’t pick this movie to watch again.

My rating: 6.8/10